A New Bible Study Is Coming

Pastor Merritt will begin a study on the New Testament book of Hebrews beginning on Wednesday, January 24 as part of a renewed Wonderful Wednesday celebration.

The letter has been traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle, but modern biblical scholarship considers its authorship unknown, perhaps written in deliberate imitation of the style of Paul’s other epistles. Scholars of Greek consider its writing to be more polished and eloquent than any other book of the New Testament. The book has earned the reputation of being a masterpiece. It has also been described as an intricate New Testament book, believed to be written for Jewish Christians who lived in Jerusalem. Its purpose was to exhort Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. At this time, certain believers were considering turning back to Judaism (the Jewish system of law) to escape being persecuted for accepting Christ as their saviour, now following this system of grace (saved by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross). The theme of the epistle is the doctrine of the person of Christ and his role as the mediator between God and humanity.

We who live in the “Bible belt” United States are not beset by persecution, but we are confronted daily by the apathy and ignorance of our friends, children and neighbors. How can we confidently share our conviction that Jesus is our Savior and Lord in the face of our community’s indifference? That is our challenge today—one that addressed eloquently in the Letter to the Hebrews, a study for our times. We’ll see you at the Pastor Merritt’s new Bible Study on Wednesday evening.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 16
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 21 – 
Tuesday, January 23
Florida Advocacy Days.  Trinity UMC, Tallahassee, FL.

Wednesday, January 24
Pastor’s Bible Study. Letter to the Hebrews, Library, 6:45 PM

Saturday, January 27
RESTORE/UMM Yard Sale.  Church Grounds, 8:00 AM--Noon

Tuesday, February 6
ESOL Classes Begin.  Sunday school room 6, 7-9 PM

Sunday, February 11
Valentine’s Day Luncheon.  Fellowship Hall, 11:45 PM. Purchase tickets ($10 Adults, Children Under 12 Free) from Care Committee members.

Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 8—
Sunday, March 11
Women’s Walk to Emmaus #22.  Rotary Camp Florida

Thursday, March 15—
Sunday, March 18
Men’s Walk to Emmaus #22.  Rotary Camp Florida

Sunday, March 18
St. Patrick’s Day Potato Bar.  Fellowship Hall, 11:45 PM

Saturday, March 24
Flapjack Fundraiser.  Applebee’s Restaurant, 829 Providence Road, Brandon, 8 AM-10 AM.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday Service (Easter Cantata).  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Sunday, April 1
Easter “Sonrise” Service.  Parsonage Grounds, 8 AM
Traditional Easter Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM
RESTORE News
RESTORE has reopened under new management in 2018. Carmen Santiago is leading our team of volunteers this year. Although we are currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our shrinking volunteer base and the coverage of other food banks in the Riverview area may mean that we will go to a once-a-week operation. We can always use additional volunteers to distribute food, to pick up surplus food at local grocery stores, and to manage the RESTORE Thrift Store. If you are interested in volunteering at RESTORE, contact Carmen at (813)992-6340. We look forward expectantly to serving our community well into our second decade.

RESTORE/UMM Yard Sale
RESTORE and the United Methodist Men will be holding a joint yard sale this coming Saturday, January 27th from 8 AM until 1 PM on the church’s front yard. There will be plenty of clothes, household items, small appliances, books, and tools on offer for low, low prices. Now is your opportunity to start the year off right with bargains galore!

Our Winter Social Calendar
Celebrate your valentine with us: the Care Committee will be serving a catered Valentine’s Day luncheon on Sunday, February 11th (note that Wednesday, February 14th this year is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday). Tickets are $10 per adult, with all children under 12 eating free. Get your tickets from any Care Committee member before February 4th, and romance your sweetheart!

The Care Committee plans on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 18th with a Baked Potato Bar

Also in March, the United Methodist Men have made plans for another Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, March 24th. This fundraiser, to be held at the Applebee’s Restaurant on Providence Road is always a great opportunity to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to enjoy a morning of good food and fellowship in a neutral, non-threatening atmosphere.

Learn English As a Second Language
A new ESOL Class will be starting soon. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM in Sunday school room 6. Classes begin on Tuesday, February 6th.

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Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Bible Passage of the Week
The Heavens Speak

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

Psalms 19:1-4 (NSRV)